The N&O dropped a scandal issue into the Dec. 13 “ Bowl bloat” editorial. You should not have included UNC-CH and N.C. State together as examples of universities that should consider declining a bowl invitation.
After the Mary Easley scandal, N.C. State had a thorough house-cleaning of somewhat naive leaders, bringing in an outstanding leadership team and strong results.
To point, N.C. State coach Dave Doeren’s football team deserves to go to a bowl game, should have gone to Charlotte and gains experience for a very young team in recruiting-rich Florida.
In 1957 I was fortunate to letter on coach Earle Edwards’ first ACC championship team, which could not go bowling due to a basketball scandal. At Edwards’ request, I wrote a letter as a multi-sport athlete to Walter Byers of the NCAA, and Byers responded that the NCAA had to rule on the total university rather than individual sports.
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Times certainly change relative to bowls, TV, money, amateurism and NCAA, but your editorial should not tar N.C. State with any common bowl decision brush.
Robert P. Kennel